Because who wouldn’t want to go to prison?!
If you missed out on the opening season of tours last year, the Parks of the St. Lawrence is back at it again this summer with tours of Canada’s oldest penitentiary, and they definitely don’t disappoint!
Having been decommissioned back in 2013 (and opened in 1835!), KP still carries that eerie, recently abandoned feel as you walk around the massive grounds that now just feel like a skeleton.
For an hour and a half, you get an inside look at what the inmates, and guards, saw on a daily basis. Your tour includes everything from the visiting rooms, to the cells, the shops, and even the newer Regional Treatment Centre facilities.
Along with an extremely knowledgeable and engaging tour guide, you also meet up with retired correctional officers along the way who are able to tell it to you like nobody else could.
Be prepared with some questions!
They even had a radio station in the prison!
Families would meet their loved ones in rooms like these.
They also have the row of telephones for visitation like you would see in the movies!
Solitary confinement is no joke!
Inmates did have work opportunities in the beautiful shop facilities as part of their daily lives. Everything from the barber shop, to the canvas shop, as well as the mattress/metal shops, carpentry, and many other tasks throughout the day were available….depending on various things of course.
You can also see historic pictures hung throughout KP to give you a before/after look at things, including a riot that ended up setting fire to the shops, as well as the famous riot in 1971.
While we may have taken our fair share of pictures, there’s SO MUCH to this place you just need to see it, and feel it for yourself.
When you take a step back and actually imagine what this place was like less than 5 years ago…it really puts things into perspective!
You can find out more info and book your tours HERE!!
We also may have indulged in some post-tour snacks at this local tavern!
While we ate, we actually had a great view of KP right out the window as well!
I highly recommend the beef dip!